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Sandalwood for Skin Care

Shahnaz Husain

Sandalwood is popularly known for its fragrance, evoking peace and calm, and finding its use in aromatherapy and meditation.
Sandalwood’s soft, woody aroma works well in soaps and body scrubs, and it’s been used in Indian skin care for centuries.
Sandalwood, often known as Chandan, is a sacred Ayurvedic ingredient. The sandalwood tree, frequently utilised in religious rituals, has long been associated with Indian culture.
Sandalwood oil, obtained from the Santalum album tree, is a vital component of numerous beauty products used worldwide. In reality, most of us grew up hearing our grandmothers gush about the advantages of sandalwood oil and paste for the skin, particularly if you have acne.
Because they may solve a variety of skin issues, sandalwood oil and extracts can be an amazing elixir for your skin. Let’s delve more into sandalwood’s advantages for beauty. Go on reading.
Prevents acne
Acne and pimples happen to be common skin problems faced by most people.
Sandalwood is a highly effective medicine for healing boils, ulcers, and acne as well as preventing their aggravation because of its antiseptic characteristics, which restrict bacterial growth on the skin.
Make a paste by adding sandalwood oil to some turmeric powder and camphor. Apply it to your zits and leave it on overnight. Use plain water at normal temperature to wash it off Rose water and red sandalwood face pack help in the reduction of acne and acne scars and also the irritation caused by acne due to its cooling properties. You can even add a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of turmeric to the pack for better results.
Additionally, sandalwood can prevent your skin from developing those terrible zits.
Anti-ageing
Sandalwood oil contains antioxidants that help maintain the buoyancy and structure of the skin cells. It also reduces dryness and replenishes the moisture in the skin, increasing elasticity.
Take a large bowl of steaming water and add one to two drops of sandalwood oil to it. Keep your face over the bowl for 10 minutes (with your head covered over by a towel) . Doing this daily or weekly may enhance your skin glow and reduce your face wrinkles significantly
Calms the skin
Due to its abundance of anti-inflammatory characteristics, sandalwood is a fantastic treatment for skin rashes and sunburns. It also prevents breakouts and acne while treating skin itchiness and irritation brought on by infections, bug bites, or product sensitivities. Mix the milk powder and a few drops of sandalwood oil in a bowl. Add a little amount of rose water for a fine paste . Apply the paste to your face and neck . Leave to dry for 30 minutes. Wash off with cold water and moisturize your skin. Repeat this twice / thrice a week for calming your  skin
Anti-tanning
A suntan might have long-lasting repercussions if it is not immediately treated. Rub sandalwood oil or apply its paste to the affected regions to lessen the redness and burning that result from excessive sun exposure.
Rubbing sandalwood oil or applying its paste on the affected parts can remove suntan gradually as well as reduce the redness and burning caused by overexposure to the sun's rays.
Turmeric And Sandalwood Pack: Mix half a teaspoon of turmeric powder with one teaspoon of sandalwood powder and some curd to make a smooth paste. Apply on the T zone and blackhead effect area. let it sit for 20 minutes and gently scrub it off. Wash with lukewarm water. use this mask once in 15 days.
Take one tablespoon of sandalwood powder with  1 teaspoon of honey or milk and make a paste. Apply it onto your skin. Leave it on for about 30 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Do this 3 times a week for better results
Eliminates scarring
Sandalwood helps your skin tissues to repair quickly. Eczema, acne, dark patches and wound scars can all be removed with the help of this therapeutic property. Additionally, because sandalwood powder removes impurities and evens out skin tone, it can help in whitening the skin. Moreover, future brides frequently like to apply sandalwood to their faces in order to seem flawless on their wedding day.
Sandalwood oil helps nourish the skin, improve the elasticity of skin cells, and even out skin tone. Because of these qualities, it can be beneficial in reducing the appearance of scars.
Sandalwood has long been used on family altars and in grandmothers’ medicinal cabinets in India. It is currently readily accessible in a variety of convenient forms, including oils, lotions, soaps, and ointments.
Sandalwood can surely be a lovely addition to your skincare regimen for radiant and healthy skin.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi